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Hugelkultur is an ancient method of raised-bed gardening, one that utilizes fallen wood. It has been used in Europe for centuries. In German it translates to "mound culture." Building one of these mounds takes a bit of work, but it will last for a long time, and it will be a self-watering, self-feeding, and self-composting raised bed! I have built mine in the vegetable garden, but you could have one serving as a perennial flower bed.
Quincy, FL (Zone 8b)
Apr 2, 2016 6:54 PM CST
|I had raised beds (about 4'x8') that I placed 2 liter soda bottles (with the tops cut off) in the bottom of the beds; then put the soil into the beds. It really helped with water conservation since any rainfall or sprinklers filled the bottles and made damp soil in the bottles instead of running straight through our sandy soil in the Gainesville, FL area.
I had read about a few golf courses putting split tires under the grass to help with water consumption. I thought the tires wouldn't be a good thing to grow food on so we came up with the 2-liter soda bottles instead. It worked well and cut down on bottles going to the landfill.
“Because we all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. This is not just a dream, but a necessity.”
― Dalai Lama
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